The CAA: LAMM Version of Bracketology…

We have neither the patience nor the attention span–not to mention the bank account–to spend hours upon hours slicing numbers like an Easter ham. I don’t care that Arizona had bus problems in January, which caused them to be late for their pregame meal, which might be attributed to their loss against USC, which means we should take the margin of vicotry and cut it by five points, which has a 42.5% chance of affecting Arizona’s RPI by two spots. Just. Don’t. Care.

However it is clear VCU is on bubble, we do care about their chances, and we’ve got to fill some time until Sunday.

So I’m in the middle of developing my own method of managing March Madness. We’ll unveil it later today, but it is safe to say it will be much easier to follow than all that other mess.

You see, the analysis that goes into all of that Bracketology is, really, the world’s largest IT project. There is way too much documentation, logic never prevails, and in the end there are errors anyway. The people that need the specifics (the coders) will get them; everybody else (the sales and marketing people) will read them and pretend they know what is going on and make grand pronouncements.

In one week you’ll toss all that paperwork into the garbage. And yet, you’ll still launch the thing; or in our case get the brackets announced on Sunday evening. And people will complain, firing off emails like grass through your lawn mower.

Yes, Dick Vitale in in sales; and Rece Davis, Greg Gumball (that was for you, Mottram) and the like are nothing more than project managers.

My goal: give you the lowest common denominator and what to keep your eyes on. Because once you know the field of play and understand the risks, everything else is overkill.

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Another traffic record yesterday, and it allowed me to correct an error. A bunch of you clicked over from the DC Sports Bog (linky line at the right, and keep reading), so naturally I was going to find out where Steinberg had referenced us. I saw Dan for about a half-second on Monday, probably between his photo of the guy in the bear suit and the guy in nut-huggers. No link.

It appears when I cleaned out the linky lines last week I inadvertently nixed The Bog. Still one of my favorite reads and the link has returned.

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~ by mglitos on March 12, 2008.

2 Responses to “The CAA: LAMM Version of Bracketology…”

  1. I’m not sure I should admit this, since you’re blaming Mottram now, but I was the one who reviewed the book and had such a good time with Gumball. I mean, he is kind of a gumball, it’s not like the name didn’t fit.

  2. Why is it that the 7th or 8th best team in a “major conference” is sooo boring compared to the top 1 or 2 (or 3) teams in a mid-major? I just hope those Maryland bastards aren’t dancing on Sunday…Gary Williams is a crappy, overrated coach who somehow manages to win one lucky game a year (vs. UNC this season) and we’re all supposed to be impressed. You’d like they’re the greatest team in the DC area, considering the biased POST’s coverage of the team. G-town doesn’t even get that kind of love.

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